Wayne Parry, Associated Press · May 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Mitchell Etess thinks he knows the biggest thing that was wrong with New Jersey's oldest casino.
"There weren't a whole lot of people sitting around New Jersey or Pennsylvania that said, 'Let's go party tonight in Resorts,'" said Etess, whose Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority now runs Resorts Casino Hotel. "I don't even think their parents were doing that."
But … [Read more...]
Michael Gormley, Associated Press · May 23, 2013 at 3:16 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Closed-door negotiations to expand casinos in New York call for five upstate casinos, including up to three in the Catskills and two video slot machine sites on Long Island, according to the bill released Thursday by Senate Republicans.
The bill calls for a Las Vegas-style casino in the Southern Tier's Tioga County; one in the Albany region, which includes Saratoga County, … [Read more...]
C. Rajshekhar Rao, Associated Press · May 23, 2013 at 6:22 am
NEW DELHI (AP) - India's sports minister is formulating a law to deal with manipulating matches to ensure it doesn't spread to other sports after test cricketer Shantakumaran Sreesanth and two other players were arrested for spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League.
"It's necessary that there is a law or a deterrent," Jitendra Singh said Thursday. "There's no guarantee that this is not … [Read more...]
Associated Press · May 23, 2013 at 5:01 am
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A retired Rio Rancho police officer has been appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to a board that regulates gambling in New Mexico.
The governor named Salvatore Maniaci to the state Gaming Control Board. He replaces former Attorney General David Norvell, whose term expired at the start of the month.
Maniaci has been an investigations sergeant for the board and is retired … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · May 23, 2013 at 12:21 am
A zip line-like thrill ride will connect the two towers of the Rio and send guests soaring more than 400 feet above the off-Strip hotel-casino.
The attraction, dubbed the VooDoo Skyline, is expected to open this summer, officials with the project said Wednesday.
Rides will start from the VooDoo Lounge, atop the Rio’s 50-story Masquerade Tower.
Guests will travel 845 feet to the top of the … [Read more...]
Cristina Silva, Associated Press · May 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm
PHOENIX (AP) - A ruling that allows the Tohono O'odham Nation to build a sprawling, Las Vegas-style casino in suburban Phoenix is improper because it is based on an objective interpretation of Arizona's gambling compact, state officials said in a court filing submitted Wednesday.
Instead, the court should base its decision on what both sides agreed the contract meant before it was approved by … [Read more...]
Associated Press · May 22, 2013 at 9:04 pm
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe filed a formal application Wednesday seeking federal approval of the tribe's plan to build a new casino along Interstate 90 near the town of Oacoma in central South Dakota.
In a written statement, Tribal Chairman Michael Jandreau said he presented Bureau of Indian Affairs officials with the tribe's request that the U.S. Interior Department find it … [Read more...]
Sandra Chereb, Associated Press · May 22, 2013 at 7:20 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Opponents of a bill to ban sports betting kiosks at bars and taverns hope to make a defensive stand in the Nevada Assembly after the measure cleared the state Senate. If approved, SB416 would prohibit the free-standing sports-betting machines in small establishments with restricted gambling licenses as of July 1.
"We're still alive on the other side," said Keith Lee, a … [Read more...]
Associated Press · May 22, 2013 at 6:43 pm
FLINTSTONE, Md. (AP) - The newly christened Rocky Gap Casino Resort is opening its doors to the public in western Maryland.
The casino opened its doors Wednesday after winning approval from state gambling regulators. It is Maryland's fourth casino and will add 250 jobs to the resort formerly known as the Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort.
The new casino features more than 550 slot machines and … [Read more...]
Norma Love, Associated Press · May 22, 2013 at 6:28 pm
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - In line with decades of opposition to casinos, the House turned aside lobbying by the governor and arguments that New Hampshire should compete with Massachusetts for gambling dollars to vote down yet another casino bill Wednesday.
After two hours of debate, the House voted 199-164 to kill a Senate bill that would allow 5,000 video slot machines and 150 table games at one … [Read more...]
Wayne Parry, Associated Press · May 22, 2013 at 4:43 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The folks who write the checks that help keep Atlantic City's casinos afloat say Internet gambling can help revive the market's flagging fortunes.
Speaking at The East Coast Gaming Congress on Wednesday, a panel of Wall Street analysts said the investment community views Internet gambling as a way to finally end the city's seven-year losing streak. The state plans to … [Read more...]
Associated Press · May 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A proposal that would effectively ban Internet cafes targeted as illegal gambling operations cleared the Ohio Legislature on Wednesday after more than two years of wrangling.
The Ohio Senate passed the measure on 27-6 vote, less than a year after blocking passage of a similar bill. Testimony by owners and employees of sweepstakes parlors failed to persuade legislators that … [Read more...]
Wayne Parry, Associated Press · May 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Atlantic City's casinos saw their gross operating profits plunge by more than 63 percent in the first three months of this year.
Figures released Wednesday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement show the 12 gambling halls posted a collective gross operating profit of $41.4 million. That's down from $114.4 million in the same period last year.
Excluding Revel, … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · May 22, 2013 at 9:20 am
A management company headed by former Las Vegas Sands Corp. President Bill Weidner will oversee the centerpiece resort of a $3.5 billion hotel-casino complex in the Bahamas.
Baha Mar Ltd. announced Tuesday night that Global Gaming Asset Management of Las Vegas will operate the Baha Mar Casino & Hotel, which is scheduled to open in December 2014.
Weidner is the CEO of Global Gaming, which … [Read more...]
Associated Press · May 22, 2013 at 4:00 am
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The House is voting whether New Hampshire should compete with Massachusetts for gambling revenue by legalizing a casino.
The House votes Wednesday on a Senate bill allowing 5,000 video slot machines and 150 table games at one facility. Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan has lobbied the Democratically controlled House heavily to pass the bill. Supporters argue New Hampshire needs … [Read more...]
Associated Press · May 22, 2013 at 3:29 am
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Casino industry leaders in the eastern United States are gathering in Atlantic City for an annual conference amid the fast-changing landscape for legalized gambling.
The East Coast Gaming Congress comes as Atlantic City struggles to reinvent itself as a destination resort, not just a slots mecca for day-trippers.
Internet gambling is now legal in three states, … [Read more...]
Sophia Tareen, Associated Press · May 21, 2013 at 8:32 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The longtime backer of a push to expand gambling in Illinois has dropped his name from a pending bill over "perceived conflict of interest" with a law firm where he's counsel.
For years state Rep. Lou Lang sponsored gambling legislation proposing more casinos in areas including Rockford, citing revenue for the state and more jobs. The most recent plan, which calls for … [Read more...]
Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press · May 21, 2013 at 7:36 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio state lawmakers moved boldly Tuesday against storefront sweepstakes parlors they have come to view as illegal gambling operations, advancing separate bills effectively banning the operations statewide and blocking startups until the ban takes hold.
The Senate State Government Oversight committee overwhelmingly approved the ban over the objections of a room crowded … [Read more...]
Associated Press · May 21, 2013 at 7:06 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos confirmed a proposal to bring video slot machines to Long Island as part of negotiations to expand casinos.
After a closed door meeting Tuesday with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders, Skelos said the discussion included video slot machines run by off-track betting agencies in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Cuomo is pushing just … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · May 21, 2013 at 6:19 pm
The Toronto City Council went ahead with a vote Tuesday to kill a casino project proposed for the downtown area that attracted interest from Nevada largest gaming companies.
City Council members voted against the project, despite a move last week by the mayor to take the issue off the table. The special meeting was called by a majority of the council against the objections of the mayor.
The … [Read more...]
Michael Virtanen, Associated Press · May 21, 2013 at 5:06 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo and St. Regis Mohawk tribal leaders signed an agreement Tuesday to ensure the Mohawks keep their exclusive casino territory in northern New York while paying the state $30 million in gambling proceeds that have been withheld.
The accord also opens the door to negotiations with the state and counties over Mohawk land claims near their reservation along the … [Read more...]
Wayne Parry, Associated Press · May 21, 2013 at 4:18 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Just over a year after it opened, Atlantic City's newest casino has gone into bankruptcy and gotten out of it, ready to start again.
Revel formally completed a Chapter 11 restructuring Tuesday that saw it wipe away $1.2 billion of its $1.5 billion in debt, in return for granting lenders an 82 percent ownership stake.
The struggling-yet-sleek $2.4 billion … [Read more...]
Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · May 21, 2013 at 12:56 pm
Caesars Entertainment Corp. shuffled its upper management Monday, appointing former Las Vegas Sands Corp. Tom Arasi as president of hospitality.
In addition, longtime Caesars executives Tom Jenkin and John Payne were given new positions. Jenkin will become global president of destination markets, and Payne was promoted to president of central markets and partnership development.
Arasi will … [Read more...]
Associated Press · May 21, 2013 at 8:51 am
FARMINGTON, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has approved charges that non-resort guests must pay to gamble at soon-to-open casino at a southwestern Pennsylvania resort.
Under the plan approved Monday, customers must spend $10 at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort to gain one-time entry into the Lady Luck Casino, scheduled to open in July. Non-resort guests may also buy an annual … [Read more...]
Chris Sieroty, Las Vegas Review-Journal · May 21, 2013 at 5:27 am
The Nevada Gaming Control Board confirmed Monday that it is investigating Cantor Gaming and the Las Vegas-based company’s former sports book director, Mike Colbert.
The investigation is a result of an October indictment that charged Colbert and 24 other people in Las Vegas and New York. Colbert was arrested with seven other people in Southern Nevada on warrants stemming from an 18-month … [Read more...]
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